Liverpool Vs Real Madrid Key Moments

Liverpool fail to advance in the Champions League after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Real Madrid at Anfield.
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In a game which delivered a much more positive and energetic display from Liverpool ultimately led to a stale mate 0-0 draw between the sides as Real Madrid progressed on aggregate. 

Real Madrid, to their credit, put on a fantastic defensive display showing a new side to themselves as a much more organised unit despite the absence of their captain Sergio Ramos. Let's take a look at some key moments from the game.

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FIRST HALF - Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 0 (Real Madrid lead 3-1 on Agg)

James Milner Means Business

Being one of the last of the classic old style English midfielders, James Milner loves to make his presence known. He certainly did this with a bone crunching tackle on Karim Benzema within the first two minutes of the game to set the tempo of the game showing Liverpool meant business. 

Salah's Golden Chances

Mohamed Salah certainly looked sharp in this game but was unable to capitalise on some great chances. Liverpool went at Real Madrid right from the off showing signs of their old selves which almost led to an early 1-0 lead for the Reds. 

A lovely pass laid on by Sadio Mane in the second minute of the game was charitably hit directly at Thibaut Courtois by Salah. A similarly good opportunity came for the Egyptian just before half time, but this time his shot lifted heavily over the bar. 

Casemiro's Nasty Challenge

Milner's early tackle may have set the tempo but it was met with the fury of the opposition as a rough challenge by Milner on Madrid man Casemiro resulted in the Brazilian delivering a nasty challenge to James Milner in reponse right next to the Liverpool bench much to the anger of the Reds coaching staff. Casemiro received a yellow card for his troubles as well as a furious Andy Robertson. 

Midfield Men Come Close

Not only doing their defensive duties, Both Georginio Wijaldum and James Milner had their own chances to put Liverpool in the lead. A fantastic effort from Milner led to an even better save from Thibaut Courtois but similar to Salah's shot moments before Wijnaldum's effort was into the stands. 

SECOND HALF - Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 0 (Real Madrid win 3-1 on Agg)

Unlucky Misses And More Chances Squandered

Liverpool started the second half like they did the first taking the game to Real Madrid leading to an early chance from Roberto Firmino which forced another great save from Courtois. 

Salah Madrid

Again Salah had another opening to bag a goal but the emphasis to take his time and adjust his feet let to an easy save from Courtois. 

Alisson Prevents Madrid Lead

In one of their rare attacking spells in the game, Madrid's young Brazilian Vinicius Junior caught a break that looked like it was leading to Real Madrid's first goal of the game but this was denied by fantastic quick reactions save from the Alisson. 

Liverpool Make Changes

Within the hour mark it was time for Liverpool to throw the kitchen sink at the Spanish side bringing on Diogo Jota and Thiago in place of Ozan Kabak and James Milner. Although the changes looked positive, it resulted more in the Reds looking more stifled and sluggish unable to break Real Madrid down. 

In the early stages of the game there was glimmers of hope that Liverpool could make another memorable comeback  but it was not to be. What has been an unfortunate occurrence throughout Liverpool's season reared it's head again as several great opportunities came to nothing due to poor finishing or indecisiveness from Liverpool. 

It is hard not to ponder on what could have been had Liverpool performed better in the first leg. The Reds looked to the remainder of their Premier League fixtures in the hope of securing a place in the Champions League next season.